Its fun to get dressed up for a romantic date with your beau but looking good doesn’t always have to cost a lot. Essence Cosmetics offers a range of cute makeup to complete your Valentine’s Day look and you will even have money left over for the perfect gift!
If you crave a soft, seductive look the Smokey Eyes Makeup Box gets the job done! This adorable palette comes with 6 basic yet pretty hues including a range of greys, taupe, brown and a silvery highlight to accentuate the eyes. Grey is my favorite color for creating a smokey effect and the deepest pigment (dark charcoal/black) can be applied in the crease and smudged under the lower lash lines for contour and dimension.
The bottom row creates a more neutral look and most shades have a subtle shimmer finish. The color pay-off is decent when applied over a good primer but you may have to layer for more intensity. The palette retails for $9.99.
I like to pair the smoldering hues in the smokey palette with vibrant, hydrating lip color. The essence Long Lasing Lipsticks come in a variety of flattering shades for all skin tones and seasons. Two of my favorites are 09 Wear Berries which has a trendy pink-purple undertone and 12 Blush My Lips - a vibrant pink that is perfect for the occasion. The formula glides on effortlessly for lightweight, full coverage color and lush, flirty lips! They retails for $3.49 ea.
To evoke your inner diva the Metal Glam Shadows have a sexy pop of glitter to make your eyes stand out and shine! They also have a smooth texture that is quite easy to apply and enhance without much fall-out. Although most of the glitter is concentrated on the top layer the metallic effect is still brilliant and edgy. The shadow retails for $2.99.
Shade: 15 Hello Goldie
If I’m going glam on the eyes a layer of gloss is simple yet pretty. The XXL Shine Lip Gloss adds the perfect hint of luminous pigment and this shade - Fabulous Fuchsia provides pouty color that can go from sheer to medium coverage. The formula is creamy rather than slick and sticky which is great for dry lips and the gleaming finish creates the illusion of fullness. The gloss retails for $3.49.
If you like shimmer but still want to keep it tame the All About Sunrise Palette includes a range of trendy shadows that are perfect for a night out. These shades are ultra shimmery but still rather neutral to suit all complexions and they pair well with matte crease colors and deeper hues. Most of the shadows have a smooth, silky texture and the pigmentation is good with or without primer. You can enhance the shades quite dramatically with a little layering and some colors work well as highlight for the eyes, cheekbones and nose if you like silvery, champagne tones. The Sunrise Palette retails for $4.99.
With these sunset inspired pigments the new Liquid Lipsticks pair beautifully! They are available in a range of fresh shades from vivid to neutral and the pigmentation falls somewhere between sheer and medium coverage. The creamy texture drenches lips in moist, glossy color and the mini size makes them perfect for smaller bags and evening clutches. The Liquid Lipsticks retail for $3.99 ea and effortlessly transition into spring.
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You can find Essence Cosmetics at Shoppers Drug Mart and Ulta Beauty in the U.S.